We offer visitors to the Blue Mountains a variety of hiking tour options exploring the magnificent Blue Mountains World Heritage region. These include exploring the Jamison Valley (via Katoomba, Leura, Wentworth Falls) and the Grose Valley via Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Mount Victoria and Katoomba).
Nature Trail is centrally located in Katoomba in the heart of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. This positions us immediately accessible to many scenic and fascinating hiking tracks, both the well-known as well as the lesser known, and some over 130 years old!
Nature Trail hiking tours vary greatly in distance, duration and grade of difficulty according to guest interest, fitness and hiking experience.
- Short Hiking Tours (1 to 3 hours)
- Half Day (3 to 4 hours)
- Full Day (4 to 9 hours)
- Wilderness Experiences
- Nature Workshops
- Multi-Day Treks
Check Our Tour Programme to plan a hiking tour to suit your schedule, interests and preferred hiking comfort grade.
We are more than pleased to contribute suggestions to help meet and exceed your expectations.
- Wilderness Full Day Trips
- Hike ‘n Lilo – hikable access canyons only (no rock climbing, abseiling, or canyoning)
The Blue Mountains, like much of wild Australia is beautiful and awe inspiring. The sublime joy from a summit reward sensibly requires good fitness, hiking training and experience, navigation skills, a well formed plan, the right gear, due reconnaissance, weather forecast and weather perception, group field leadership and trip governance.
We consider hiking to be a wilderness craft. We adopt an ecological best practice approach to hiking, which we term ‘eco-hiking’. Eco-hiking philosophy is that we are guests in the host ecology and so we remain at all times respectful to the sensitivity and scarcity of ecology, causing no damage and leaving no trace of our passing though.
A special offering of Nature Trail, perhaps unique, are our Nature Workshops offered out in situ in the wild. We offer limited specialised hikes into remote bushland in which we provide special workshop skills training in the craft of eco-hiking.
Topics that we explore amongst Nature in the Blue Mountains:
- Nature Workshops
- Habitat Communities Workshop
- Wildflowers Workshop
- Trees and Vegetation Workshop
- Birdwatching Workshop
- Nature Photography Workshop
- Best Practice ‘eco-hiking’ Workshop
- Interpreting Wilderness Lie-of-the-Land and Habitat
- Fauna scat and scratch identification Workshop
- Hiking Skills Workshop
- Hiking Gear Workshop
- Hiking Navigation with Map and/or Compass Workshop
- Hiking Navigation with No Map or Compass Workshop
- Hiking GPS Navigation Workshop
- Track Distance Measuring Techniques Workshop
- Wilderness Survival Skills Workshop
- Lost Prevention and Recovery Workshop
- Hiking Proactive Injury Avoidance Workshop
- Benighted Campsite Selection and Shelter Construction Workshop
- Lighting a Campfire in the Wet Workshop
For best practice reasons of safety and to ensure our personable service standards, we choose to limit our guest numbers on our hiking tours to just six.
We travel at a relaxed pace to savour the majestic scenery and experience. Walk grades and any challenges are specified on each tour brochure and outline. Grades vary from ‘Easy’ to ‘Hard’, although most are ‘Moderate’ and so require moderate health and fitness. We don’t rush, we don’t push, we brief, assist and listen.
Nature Trail starts and finishes tours in Katoomba, transporting our tour group to and from each hike start/finish. Vehicle transfers from/to guests’ accommodation or nominated pickup/drop-off points are included. Our vehicle transfer service range extends from Wentworth Falls to Mount Victoria. Catering is also included and will vary according to the timing and duration of a given Hiking Tour and to guest preferences – as best as we can muster.
Please note that currently Nature Trail is in development mode as we reconnoiter, practice, research and fine-tune the best track walking options with our Friends of Nature Trail, and not yet operating commercial tours. We expect to be launching our commercial tours from mid-2018, and apologise for any inconvenience.
We invite regional bushwalkers and bushwalkers with manageable access to the Blue Mountains to become Friends of Nature Trail and to assist us in establishing our Blue Mountains based tour operation.
Our treks are available to only very fit advanced self-sufficient hikers to join us as guest participants, who for best practice safety wish to travel with other experienced hikers.